No consensus on presidential candidate
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 16-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 16: The talks between BJP and Congress on consensus Presidential candidate remained inconclusive Friday with Congress telling the visiting BJP leaders could not reveal any name for the top post.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi to consult on the consensus candidate for the post of the President.

The Ministers had a half-an-hour meeting with Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janapath residence. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge were present during the meeting.

However, the two ministers did not divulge the names of the probable candidates for the presidential elections. They just informed Sonia Gandhi that the nomination process would be completed by next Friday, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertakes his US visit.

“When they have not given specific names – or one or two, three, like that – (then) there is no question of consensus. If they come with some name, we could have considered,” Kharge told reporters after the meeting.

He said the purpose of the meeting was only to seek cooperation on the preisdential elections. “What I can guess is just they are seeking cooperation because they have already got something in their mind. That is why they have not given the name,” Kharge said.

The ministers are also meeting CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and fixed up appointments with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BSP supremo Mayawati, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee and other opposition leaders.

Azad said instead of disclosing names, the two ministers wanted the Congress to reveal its cards.

“...since no names are being given, there is no question of any discussion and cooperation. They should give us the name and then seek cooperation,” Azad, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, told reporters here.

Singh and Naidu are part of the three-member ministerial team constituted by BJP President Amit Shah to consult various political parties on the presidential elections.

Naidu has already spoken with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is also chief of ally TDP, PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss and N Rangaswamy of the All India Congress (NR) and sought their cooperation.